Judge rejects possibility that domestic spying led to terrorism charge


Jason Meisner
The Chicago Tribune
January 20, 2014

Lawyers for a west suburban man charged with plotting to set off a bomb outside a Chicago bar won’t be able to probe whether investigators used information collected from controversial government surveillance programs to launch the terrorism sting operation that led to the man’s arrest, a federal judge has ruled.

Attorneys for Adel Daoud had asked U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman to order prosecutors to disclose “any and all” surveillance information used in Daoud’s case, including information disclosed to a U.S. Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence. The attorneys also wanted to be present when prosecutors presented their justification for search warrants and other intelligence gathering in the case.

But Coleman denied the motion in a brief ruling posted late Friday, writing that the defense had “failed to provide any basis for issuing such an order.”

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